Returning – a woman’s midlife journey to herself, lays bare the complexity and beauty of the midlife pursuit of authenticity. Through poetry and prose, Lauri Ann Lumby reveals how creative expression leads to understanding, wisdom and fulfillment. With writing, drawing and reflection exercises, Returning becomes more than a confession, inviting you to plumb the depths of your soul for the magnificent treasures held within.
Returning is for women between the ages of 30 and 70 who are no longer occupied with childbearing and are in the process of birthing themselves! The trick, however, is that sometimes we don’t know that is what is happening to us…all we feel is the flood of emotions that accompany this stage in a woman’s development: irritability, restlessness, impatience, sadness, anxiety, depression, physical aches and pains. What we often don’t know is that all of these emotions are there to WAKE US UP! It is time to stop being servant to others and start serving ourselves! Midlife (peri-menopause, menopause) is a time of profound transformation, change and empowerment….if we choose to allow this. It is also a time of retraining and renegotiating….retraining our partners and children to begin to take care of themselves and renegotiating agreements made in relationship. During midlife….our truest, most authentic, most creative, most empowered, most courageous, most fun and frivolous parts of ourselves are trying to be known.
Returning is a resource to help women along this journey. Through poetry and prose, along with CREATIVE exercises, you are empowered to WAKE UP, to let go of your illusions, to re-examine your relationship with love, longing and work….but most importantly, you are empowered to DREAM amazing dreams and to BECOME the most amazing version of yourself you can possibly imagine! AND…you don’t have to do it alone!
Prudence Tippins has this to say about Returning:
Returning; A Woman’s Midlife Journey to Herself lays bare the complexity and beauty of the feminine archetype. Author Lauri Lumby shares her own journey of naiveté, hope, disillusionment, longing, acceptance, wisdom, and empowerment with the courage and revelation only one who has been on this journey can muster. She dares readers to share in this fearless exploration with writing prompts that invite deep reflection and self-acknowledgment.
Phrases like, ”My heart wants peace 300 year old oak peace” sing to the soul a song so ancient, we are compelled to respond. Lauri leads us into the shadows and shows us the light that comes from within. It is a triumphant journey, and an endless one.
Pick up Returning, a box of crayons, and a big, blank journal, and create a mid-life retreat for yourself. You will laugh and cry and feel deep gratitude for the guide you hold in your hands, and the one who lives deep in your heart.
Prudence Tippins, co-author of Two of Us Make a World and author of Faces of the Goddess